Lay for the Day 11th September
1973: a military coup ousts the democratically elected socialist president of Chile, Salvador Allende, who is shot dead in the presidential residence whether by his enemies or by his own hand, to avoid capture, has never been established.
The coup was planned and funded by the US government, and many of the leading members of the military junta which took control of the country under the leadership of General Augosto Pinochet were American-trained. In the years of Pinochets rule, they distinguished themselves in the abduction, torture and murder of their compatriots. The dead are estimated to number 15,000.
The President of the United States, Richard Nixon, had committed unlimited resources to the toppling of Allende in September 1970, before the new Chilean president had even been inaugurated.
On 1st October 1973, in a situation report to the Department of Defense, Patrick Ryan, US naval attaché, described the coup détat as close to perfect.
On 16th November a briefing paper prepared for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger confides that there were 320 summary executions in the nineteen days following the coup and a total death toll of about 1,500.
The information above is from the pages on Chile on the Virtual Truth Commission website (Telling the Truth for a Better America). But even the Encyclopaedia Britannica acknowledges that the administration restricted Chile's access to international economic assistance and discouraged private investment, increased aid to the Chilean military, cultivated secret contacts with anti-Allende police and military officials, and undertook various other destabilising measures, including millions of dollars in covert payments to Chilean opposition groups in 1970-73.
And the woman went in, the
woman went in
And the man spoke up, the
man spoke up,
And the silence grew, the
And the people rose, the people
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